Andorra is a pleasant country that offers the tourist scenic beauty, good hiking, solitude, and some lively holiday celebrations, if you are in the country at the right time.
Andorra is not the place for museum aficionados or anyone looking for the architectural treasures of Europe. Instead, the country is a good destination for those interested in outdoor activities, as its landscape provides good quality hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Read our recommendations on the best places to visit in Andorra. We believe that the cities and regions described below are the country’s key tourist destinations, contain Andorra’s best attractions.
- Andorra is a rural, mountainous country wedged between Spain and France that has limited cultural attractions. Known more as a destination for shopping than vacation, Andorra can be a pleasant place to spend an overnight. To be honest, most visitors are “just passing through” on their way to vacations in France or Spain.
- You might want to avoid Andorra’s roads on weekends during the summer as the narrow roads near the Capital can be very crowded.
- Andorra is developing a ski industry for winter sports that is starting to gain some popularity. Of course, these same mountains make Andorra a good location for summer hiking.
Andorra La Vella
- Andorra La Vella is the capital and main city of Andorra. It is attractive to those who like shopping and unattractive to those who prefer the quiet of the countryside. Andorra La Vella offers good quality hotels and restaurants.
- Andorra has a number of attractive Romanesque churches that are usually well displayed against the country’s beautiful scenery. The country should not be considered and “end-destination”, as it is more reasonably considered as a stop of the way between Spain and France.
- El Serrat, Soldeau, Encamp, Les Escaldes and Sant Julià de Lòria offer fine examples of small villages in bucolic countryside. You will occasionally discover delightful scenes, historic churches and sites marking historic contributors to the country’s history.
For more information about Andorra, visit the country’s official tourism site. The site provides more detail on the places we recommend, as well as information on destinations that did not make our list.
For country facts on Andorra, as well as travel information related to visas, driving rules, safety, medical conditions, visas and other travel-related information, see this page on Andorra Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State Department (Andorra and Spain are covered together). Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the information provided to be useful when planning a trip to Andorra. By the way, Andorra does not have an airport and visitors arrive via a land border from France or Spain.